This Day In History
Huneric dies and is succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund, who becomes king of the Vandals. During his reign the Catholics are free from persecutions.
George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.
The first modern coelacanth is discovered in South Africa.
The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (d. 1755)
Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (d. 1792)
Jean-François Champollion, French Egyptologist (d. 1832)
Wilhelm Bauer, German inventor and engineer who built several hand-powered submarines (d. 1875)
Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (d. 2006)
Paul Hornung, American football player
Bob Kahn, American Internet pioneer
Carol Smillie, British television personality
Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
Brad Lidge, American baseball player